Equestrian Sports are set to restart the season

Equestrian sports across England are setting themselves up to resume competitions after lockdown restrictions have been eased. Competitions in Scotland and Wales are still on hold at present.

British Showjumping competitions have started running again since 15th June 2020 whilst British Dressage have stated that their virtual shows will continue and that competitions will start with effect from 1st July.

British Eventing have stated that they have been given the green light from Sport England and the government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for competition to restart. The first events to run will be Tweseldown (3) on 10th – 12th July 2020 and Barbury and Aske on 11th – 12th July 2020. Competitors, owners and grooms will be required to print their own number bibs, maintain social distancing whilst walking the course, parking and riding. Vets and BE officials will be doing random vaccination checks in the lorry park so that competitors do not need to declare at the secretary’s tent. There will also be no score boards or prize giving. All scores will be access online with prize money being BACS to winners after the event.

The Pony Club have reintroduced training and rallies are under way. They have an anticipated start date for inter-branch and local-level competition of the 4 July 2020.

Endurance GB are holding training and non-competitive events, whilst awaiting further government updates before restarting larger non-competitive events and competitions in the beginning of July.

The Mounted Games Association of Great British, who are currently not hosting any training events are hoping for competitions to return mid-July 2020.

British Carriage Driving national competition is planned for to go ahead on 14th -16th August 2020.

The UK Polocrosse Association have started training and are planning to resume small competitions shortly.

British Reining have continued to suspend all training and competitions.

The Showing Council have stated that they are working on releasing a process to restart competitions under government guidance.

Due to social distancing requirements most Riding for the Disabled’s (RDA) centres are still closed. The target is to have 20% of RDA groups operating by the end of September 2020, and 60% by the end of the year.

As Equestrian Sports start to reopen across the UK, The Horse Exchange team encourage safe exercise of our horses, to maintain social distancing and good luck to those competitors for the rest of the 2020 season.